Physics (PhD, MS)

Program Overview

The Department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Our mission is to prepare students for successful careers in academia, national laboratories, and industry through rigorous coursework and immersive research. Students have exciting opportunities to conduct fundamental and applied research alongside internationally recognized faculty at the forefront of condensed matter physics, materials physics, ultrafast optics, and biophysics, as well as their intersection with clean energy programs. In addition to cutting-edge physics research labs, on-campus interdisciplinary facilities include the analytical and diagnostics laboratory (ADL), a clean room for device fabrication and high-performance computing.

PhD candidates are funded through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships, which include a stipend, tuition and health insurance. MS candidates are self-funded.

We welcome applications from students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in physics or closely related fields. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by Jan. 15.

The Physics department is able to waive the application fee for a limited number of qualified PhD candidates. To be considered for the waiver, you should start your application. Once you upload all application documents, email Associate Professor Alexey Kolmogorov ( with information in support of your waiver request two weeks before the application deadline. Note that you should not submit your application package until the application fee is either paid or waived.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Physics
  • MS in Physics

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.